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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This A-level provides students with the opportunity study various religions and to gain an understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints. Throughout the course, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of religious belief, philosophical and ethical thought and its contribution to individuals and to societies.

The aim of this course is to encourage students to reflect on, select and apply specified knowledge of religion and philosophical thought. Students will develop skills that will allow them to interpret and critically evaluate religious concepts and construct well informed and reasoned ethical arguments for a range of issues that society faces in the modern world.

Course content

The Study of Religion (Christianity): This component involves four distinct themes: religious figures and sacred texts, religious concepts, religious life and religious practices.

Philosophy of Religion: In this component students will learn about the different arguments forthe existence of God and discuss the problem of evil.

Religion and Ethics: This is split into four parts: ethical language and thought, Aquinas’ Natural Law, Fletcher’s Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


Students will be assessed through three separate examinations:

The Study of Religion / Philosophy of Religion / Religion and Ethics

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of HE courses available including: Philosophy, Ethics and Religion; Religion, Culture and Ethics; History, Theology and Ethics; Law and Ethics; Social Work, Ethics and Religion; Education Studies, Theology and Ethics.

Further information

Through this course students will develop a broad range of transferable skills such as the ability to critically evaluate philosophical and ethical theories and to engage in debate that recognises the rights of others to hold a different view. Consequently, an A-level in Religious Studies will be beneficial to a variety of academic pathways that a student may choose.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.